What is the DASH Diet?

Since signing with Adams Media last month to write the upcoming Everything DASH Diet Cookbook, I’ve been fielding many questions about the book.  Specifically, what is the DASH diet?

The DASH diet has nothing to do with the salt-free seasoning, Mrs. Dash.

DASH is an acronym for ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.’

The DASH diet is a healthy, balanced eating plan, low in sodium, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lowfat dairy products.  Meats, nuts, beans, and legumes are all permitted, although red meat, added sugars, and added fats should be eaten in moderation.

A low sodium DASH diet is often prescribed for those with serious medical conditions, such as hypertension, kidney disease, and congestive heart failure.  The DASH diet has been shown to aid the body in healing, by lowering blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, promoting heart health, and wellness in general. It may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, osteoporosis, and diabetes.  In my case, it also helps alleviate the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease.

The DASH diet has the potential for helping millions of people. It’s viewed as an ideal eating plan and is promoted by many large health organizations, including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Mayo Clinic.  As with many sensible eating plans, the DASH diet has the added bonus of promoting healthy weight loss and weight maintenance.

The Everything DASH Diet Cookbook will offer 300 quick and easy low sodium recipes, with emphasis on taste, health, and convenience.  The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com and should be in stores this November.

I hope this helps clarify questions about the DASH diet. I value your comments and welcome any additional questions you may have. Thanks!

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6 Responses to What is the DASH Diet?

  1. At first glance I’d definitely be ‘the guy’ who mixed-up the name of the diet with the seasoning…
    because I’m smart like that.
    But it’s not all my fault… I think I might be running a bit low on phytochemicals this morning.
    :)

    • Christy says:

      You made me lauuugh w. that phytochemicals comment!

      Having written those reviews of Mrs. Dash last year, I do think there’s been misunderstanding of the DASH in the title. Glad to clear up any confusion!

  2. Tracie says:

    Wow, Christy, another cookbook! You go, girl! This is the way I eat now, so I’m sure your cookbook will be right up my alley. The cool thing is that I love eating this way! Have you tasted the pears this year? Spectacular!

  3. Tammy says:

    Hey hey…congrats on writing the DASH book! I, too, thought it was connected to Mrs. Dash. Oops.

    I pretty much follow the diet you’ll write about, but I don’t eat meat and very little dairy (a sucker for cheese). Still, I’m looking forward to it.

    • Christy says:

      No worries, Tammy – there seemed to be a lot of confusion, glad to have cleared things up.

      I’ve reduced the amount of meat we’re eating dramatically since my dad went vegan last year. Writing the book, we’ve been eating more (just b/c of the recipes) but after it’s done we’ll be back to our mostly veggie ways. The book will have an entire chapter devoted to vegetarian & vegan entrees, and the rest of the chapters (apart from meat) emphasize fruits, veg & whole grains, so there should be far more that you CAN eat, than not!

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